I still think there should be more than one approach to the drug epidemic facing this county. Yes, send them to prison for as long as possible especially if a weapon is involved but that's not it. We also need to treat addiction as the health crises it is. Have the Health Dept. look into securing a federal grant to help treat drug addicts who can't afford treatment. It's simple supply and demand. You bring down the number of drug addicts you bring down the amount of drugs that are sold here. For every drug dealer that's arrested there's probably a handful waiting to replace them. We'll never arrest our way out of this problem. As long as there are addicts there will be dealers but we can pool our resources to dramatically reduce the number of addicts. Once they realize it's not that easy to make a quick buck in Steubenville they'll move on to someplace else.
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Realistically, no one is going to bring their business here until the city gets a handle on the thugs ruining this city. Depending on where you are in Steubenville the difference can be night and day but no one decent wants to be anywhere near the bad sections of this city. I pay my taxes, keep my property maintained, yard landscaped, and call the police when I notice suspicious activity. There isn't much else I can do. It's now up to the judges to send those thugs to prison where they belong. Not that long ago one of those criminals who had previously been arrested multiple times for drugs and domestic violence was found with a gun but only sentenced to probation. There's the other ones who are found guilty of violent crimes but receive 6 months or probation sentences also. It's no wonder they continue to commit violent crimes. Maybe this new judge will be tougher with these thugs. Only time will tell but for now I'll remain optimistic.
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